I have always liked Max. He is on fire now. He has a team-friendly contract with some term left, so he is the most interesting winger on the market IMO.
He is a classic playoff-type guy. For me, he fits for a team that believes it is ready to win right now. That is how the Blues viewed the Brouwer addition. But he IS under contract forever and could be a classic third line guy capable of helping jam the net on the PP. Interesting thought.
The Blues would love to have entry level guys performing at that level. But they don't come along often. Perhaps Thomas will be the next to do that. As for his cap hit, Cap Friendly notes he is tied with Cody Eakin for the 258th-highest cap hit. He is making working class dollars.
If they land Kane, they might want to get to know him well before committing precious salary cap space to him. Guys like Pietrangelo and Schenn will get gigantic dollars on their next deal and the Blues want to keep flexibility to secure those sorts of players for the long haul.
Early next month he should be playing somewhere. He has regained his conditioning, he just needs to make sure the shoulder is strong enough for real contact.
The Circus ended up playing a long time, but I might slot him behind Erik Johnson on the most-hyped list. He looked capable of becoming another Doug Gilmour. He did the offensive side of that at the minor league level, then made it back to the NHL as a defensive guy.
Parayko, Dunn and Edmundson in that order. Don't see the need to lose any of those three however.
His shot is pretty much there. It's when and where and how to use it that he is still working on. But he is progressing.
Again, the second-unit power play assignment hurts him. As does the general power-play failure here. That keeps him from putting up the bigger numbers.
That is an interesting case. Lot of experts believe the league needed to step on him much harder than five games again. It's a shame, because he is a great player on a great line for a team that could take a Cup run this year.
Yeah, he had eight to 10 (at least) regrettable plays against the 'Lanche. Yeo hopes he can blossom with Tarasenko, but he needs to win more battles and manage the puck better. Some nights he looks to be getting there and some nights he really struggles.
Pacioretty would be my favorite winger. The guy is goal scorer, period.
And Pietrengelo will be a big part of that team. He is signed through 2019-20.
They would want a young D-man like Walman. But even closer to the deadline that is a big contract to swallow. Perhaps New York would eat that to get a prospect for the guy.
Hell freezing over. I'm at a loss with this topic. They have no idea what it is or isn't.
There are a lot of teams looking hard. Vegas winning makes the market a bit slower, but Montreal needs to hit the reset button. The Rangers, as just mentioned, could also get a head start on retooling. Toronto has some cards to play.
Once upon a time Jaskin might have had trade value, but now . . .
Brock has cooled down a bit and Vancouver could be just awful down the stretch. He IS a pure scorer. But I like Barzal because Doug Weight has that team is go-go offensive mode.
OK, I am all tuckered out. See you next week. Thanks!